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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for April 26

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Monday’s three-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Monday Night Football brings three Madden 21 sims to the DraftKings Dream Stream, giving everyone a great way to start the work week with a chance for fantasy football success. The featured slate kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Denver Broncos for their first meeting in Madden 21. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, the Cincinnati Bengals host the Green Bay Packers, and the final matchup of the day is the Chicago Bears hosting the Los Angeles Chargers for their sixth Madden 21 meeting. All six teams offer some intriguing DFS options to consider, and you can find my favorite plays below.

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Quarterback

Stud

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $6,800 — Of the six quarterbacks in play, Trubisky has the most rushing potential, which also gives him the highest ceiling. He hasn’t been quite as dominant as he was in Madden 2020, but the Bears’ starting QB has run for 18 touchdowns and added 83 passing scores in 68 sims while averaging 190.8 passing yards and 64.3 rushing yards per sim. He put up over 18 DKFP in three of his five earlier games vs. the Chargers and brings great upside to this rematch.

Other Option — Joe Burrow ($6,300)

Value

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos, $6,200 — The Broncos secondary has been one of the most beatable in all of Madden 21, so Goff also brings lots of potential. He has had some big games with over 22 DKFP in two of his past four games and has totaled 103 touchdowns in 67 sims while averaging 247.3 passing yards per contest. He is touchdown-reliant but comes with great upside at barely over $6K.


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Running Back

Stud

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals, $6,900 — The Bengals have been vulnerable to big games on the ground, and Jones has showcased a high ceiling as the workhorse RB for the Packers. He has scored 65 touchdowns in 71 sims, including eight in his past seven contests. He had a touchdown and 16.5 DKFP in his first game vs. Cincinnati and has at least 12 DKFP in eight of his past 10 games while averaging 17.6 DKFP over that span.

Other Options — Austin Ekeler ($7,600)

Value

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $5,000 — Cohen is averaging three catches for 23.4 receiving yards per game, to go with his 23.6 rushing yards average. He has had multiple catches and produced over 6 DKFP in each of his five previous matchups vs. the Chargers while averaging 9.9 DKFP.

Other Option — Giovani Bernard ($5,200), Phillip Lindsay ($4,600)


Wide Receiver

Stud

John Ross III, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers, $5,900 — Ross also has a high ceiling due to his 96 speed rating and should be able to find favorable matchups against the Packers’ lack of depth at CB behind X-factor superstar Jaire Alexander. Ross had four catches, 110 yards and 24 DKFP in his first matchup vs. the Packers and has multiple catches in 62 of 68 sims overall while averaging 3.9 catches for 58.2 yards per sim.

Other Option — Davante Adams ($6,400), Keenan Allen ($5,500)

Value

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos, $5,300 — Reynolds is the Rams’ WR3 but has posted double-digit DKFP in eight straight sims while averaging 15.1 DKFP per contest. The Broncos’ secondary is thin and has given up big plays, which should set up Reynolds for more success.

Allen Robinson II, Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $4,700 — Robinson is the WR1 for the Bears and usually gets consistent volume. He had an odd outlier with zero catches in one of his games vs. the Chargers, but he posted 10.2, 14.5, 13.1 and 13.0 DKFP in his other four meetings with the Bolts. He has averaged 11.2 DKFP over his 64 games by hauling in 3.5 catches for 54.7 yards per sim.

Other Options — Tyler Boyd ($4,900), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,800), Joe Reed ($3,800)


Tight End

Stud

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos, $4,500 — There aren’t any top-tier tight ends in play, but Higbee has good potential when he’s at his best. He has averaged 4.4 catches per sim and totaled 298 receptions. He has over 12 DKFP in four straight and 10 of his past 14 contests.

Other Option — Jimmy Graham ($4,300), Noah Fant ($4,100)

Value

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers, $3,500 — There aren’t any great bargain basement WR options on this slate, but Uzomah is a great play at only $3.5K for flex usage. He can be a little boom-or-bust, but he did have five catches for 47 yards and 9.7 DKFP in his first matchup vs. the Packers. In 66 contests, he has averaged four catches for 41.4 yards per sim.


DST

Stud

Chargers DST at Chicago Bears, $3,100 — The Chargers have totaled 157 sacks, 63 takeaways and five defensive touchdowns in their 73 sims, and they have done well specifically vs. the Bears. They had at least nine DKFP in three of their five meetings, including their most recent matchup when they had three sacks and an interception.

Value

Rams DST at Denver Broncos, $2,700 — With X-factor superstars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, the Rams are loaded with big-play potential against the inconsistent Drew Lock ($5,400). The Rams have totaled 105 sacks with 34 takeaways in their 67 sims and have usually done a good job limiting opponents’ points.

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